Saturday, May 22, 2010

WHAM!

As, promised, pix of the first blow of the demolition of the unsightly pedestrian bridge between the defunct downtown enclosed mall and a dead former department store. The mall is being redeveloped into a parking garage. No shortage of spaces in downtown STL! The department store is about to become an Embassy Suites hotel with apartments on the upper floors. Sic transit gloria.

Below, the scene moments before the headache ball struck.

By the way, today is the 30th birthday of Chicago photoblogger and heir to the St. Louis Daily Photo fortune, U "R" Us. Stop by and say hello.

11 comments:

Ricky said...

I was there! Can't believe I didn't see you. You're so tall! I'll call you next time. Love the first pic!

Luis Gomez said...

Excelent!

Steffe said...

Cool shot. Sorry to hear about the new parking garage, they are usually very ugly, but you never know!

cieldequimper said...

Wow.

brattcat said...

Farewell past. Hello future. I can actually hear the sound of breaking glass that first image is so immediate.

Virginia said...

Oh that's parfait B!!! Good one. I too can hear the crashing glass.
v

lewi14 said...

Wow. What a perfect shot! I hope you've protected your ears ;)

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The first photo made me wince. Then your narrative made me wince again. Hate to hear about failed businesses, especially in downtowns.

U "R" Us said...

Yay you got it! AWESOME shot.

T. Becque said...

That's great!

Sharon said...

Oh my gosh...when I was working there in the late 90's I walked through this bridge to work every day! That mall was on its last leg back then.